Review: The Babadook and a mother’s descent into madness

Jennifer Kent’s feature film debut, The Babadook, is a horrifying look into the downward spiral of a mother’s sanity as she struggles with her inner demons as well as the ones that lurk in the shadows. It’s a solid first outing from the Australian director as it centers on a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, who battles with her son’s fear of a monster hiding in the house only to discover a sinister presence all around her. With it being one of the most talked about genre films of the year, how would it stack up to all the hype?

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